Is LaPierre serious? Really. How
Then there is the state of Arizona wanting to make their already loose gun laws looser. Great. Why not?
If we believe public opinion, we will see that even NRA members and gun owners do not want to make gun laws looser. See this recent polling from Mayors Against Illegal Guns as more proof that the public, even those who own guns, do NOT want less strict gun laws. Since H.R. 822 would be less strict by making sure that the state with the fewest qualifications for a gun carry permit would become the standard in all states, that means that the public doesn't want it. You can see on the various charts in this bi-partisan poll that," Voters Clearly Oppose Allowing People to Carry Concealed Guns in Their State if They Do Not Meet State Requirements." Of those polled, even NRA households oppose H.R. 822 51-49%. Politicians take heed. To whom are you listening? The NRA of course. The NRA wants guns in every corner of our country with the least number of restrictions possible. But its' members apparently don't believe the same thing that the extreme leadership is telling politicians.
Neither does the National Association for Gun Rights. Their reasons are interesting. The passage of H.R. 822 could lead to stricter gun control because, of course, if they want to treat gun permits like driver's licenses, then there may have to be a national data base and perhaps the states that don't allow Constitutional Carry will put up a fuss and refuse the bill unless that is not allowed in any state. Houston, we have a problem. From the website of the organization, above:
They will use this bill as the foundation to create a federal database of CCW permit holders. And then they can link it everywhere the Feds have database connections — state police, doctors and insurance companies under Obamacare, and Medicaid/Medicare.
I’m sorry, but I refuse to entrust my liberty and privacy to a “trust us, they won’t do that “approach to dealing with Obama, the gun-grabbers or frankly most politicians of either party in Washington.
Oops. There is a disconnect here. This organization is encouraging its' members to oppose the bill. This must be one of the first times the gun control advocates and some gun rights extremists actually agree on something.
So where are these ideas coming from? There is evidence in poll after poll after poll that they are not percolating to the top from the grass roots. Rather they are being forced on legislators and the public from the extremist NRA folks at the top. The people do not want to loosen our gun laws. Why is the NRA doing this? Because they can. Because they have the power. One Minnesota legislator told me that cynically when the Minnesota Personal Protection Act passed. Nice guy, that. They want to do as much damage as they can while they have power just in case those radical liberals gain more power. Because, of course, there is a plan to take away guns from law abiding gun owners if you believe Wayne LaPierre.
Before I leave, I do have to report on a few stupid and dangerous gun incidents this week. A young child found a loaded gun in his mother's purse and shot himself in the stomach. Stupid. Senseless. And here is what the woman said: " She said she plans to never keep guns in her house again." It's better late than never I guess. Oh, there's more as I knew there would be. In this Indiana town, 5 people are dead in a drug related shooting. Senseless.
What's going on in Indiana? In April one man shot another over a go-kart and now is facing a prison term for the shooting. The victim? He's a paraplegic now and his life will never be the same. Did the shooter have to shoot? Could he have solved his problem some other way? Of course. But we live in a gun crazed country where shooting someone when you get irritated that they are driving a go-kart in the neighborhood is just "par for the course." We live in a world where it seems O.K. for an NRA Board member to post a photo of a gun and suggest that liberals should stare down the barrel of said gun. Most people with a grain of common sense think this is not only stupid but dangerous and threatening. But so far he has gotten away with it. Shameful.
When the right wing nuts don't like a "liberal" running for office, anything goes. Check out this article about a violent comment on a right wing blog about Elizabeth Warren's campaign video-
When I hear the word “contract” IAfter the January shooting in Tucson of a U.S. Congresswoman, have we not learned that incendiary talk like this is dangerous? What is the matter with these guys? Where is Senator Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren's Republican opponent? If you don't demand civility from your supporters, this is what you will get. If you don't stand up for what is right, this is what you get. If you let these folks use dangerous language like this when they attack your opponent, then you are complicit. It looks like Brown is having some problems with other controversial issues ( from link above). The responsible thing to do is to stand up and challenge this crazy talk from extremist gun rights activists.
reach for my revolverthink of two unique definitions — formally, a legally binding mutual agreement made between two or more parties, or idiomatically, an attempt to hire an assassin to kill one or more of your enemies.
Speaking of irresponsibility, be careful what you leave around in your home in the event of your death. What you leave behind could be harmful to your survivors as in this case of an Alabama teen who was shot in the neck while handling a loaded AR-15 rifle found in the home of his deceased grandparents. He survived the gunshot injury and hopefully will let others know to be more careful when handling a loaded gun. Guns are dangerous and when dropped, can discharge even though the gun guys say that is not possible. Unfortunately, it happens fairly often.
Oh, and there is more about guns and fashion. Check out this video about a bra concealed gun holder. I haven't stopped laughing since I watched it. "Nothing comes between a woman and her gun." Wow! This gun fits all gun sizes. It doesn't say whether it fits all cup sizes which could be a bit of a problem. Ladies, would you find this gun holder as uncomfortable as it looks? So you bend over to pick up your baby- ugh. Nothing like the barrel of a gun digging into your skin. You take off your shirt to try on clothing in a store- oops- that "conveniently" stored gun falls out of the holster or gets caught in the fabric. But hey, the folks who hype this stuff are pretty short on common sense. If they can make a gun sale, anything goes.
And say what??? Here is more absolutely looney and foolish rhetoric coming out of the mouth of U.S. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh. This crazy talk coming from a right wing lawmaker is irresponsible. Here are Walsh's words according to the Daily Herald as reported in Talking Points Memo ( article linked above):
We are an embarrassment (in Illinois),” Walsh said Tuesday night at a Tea Party rally, according to The Daily Herald. “We are the last state standing when it comes to concealed carry. There’s no issue when it comes to freedom that matters like this, like the Second Amendment. The most important amendment in that Bill of Rights is the Second Amendment. It protects every other amendment. It is the last line of defense between us and our government.”Whoa there. Walsh is saying that people need guns to use against their own government. That's insane. His angry rhetoric has been heard before on various media outlets. Angry lawmakers saying dangerous things like this need to be held responsible for their words. I hope he's not "packing heat".
There are people in our country who have common sense and do the right thing for standing for non violence and stricter gun laws. I am happy to see Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak speak out about the recent shootings of Minneapolis teens. He is a wise man who has never been afraid to speak out and stand up for what is right. I applaud him. Senator Frank Lautenberg ( N.J.) stands for reason and for the public regarding loosening gun laws all over the country because the NRA says they want it. We should all applaud him. Instead, if you read the comments at the end of the article, you will see that the gun rights extremists just can't stop their rude and inappropriate comments. This happens whenever a gun control advocate dares to stand up and speak. It's childish, annoying, stupid, unnecessary and irresponsible.
This will be my last post for a few days as I will be traveling and taking a little break from my blog. I will read comments and post some, as always. More next week. The shootings and stupid and dangerous rhetoric won't take a break just because I do. Have a good week everyone and stay safe out there.